Strong winds bring down trees, school closed
MUNCY- A considerable amount of damage took place on Sunday evening when strong winds, hail and rain hit the area around 6 p.m. The storm swept through the eastern part of Lycoming County knocking down dozens of trees in Muncy and Montgomery. Most of the damage was in Muncy. Power lines were down from strong winds and caused power outages.
Muncy Area Deputy Fire Chief, James Michael, reported that trees were down all over the Muncy borough and in Muncy Creek Township.
Some residents were forced to relocate due to roof damage to their homes according to Michael.
Muncy School District had to close schools on Monday so work crews had time to clear the downed trees in front of the high school.
The walls at one business collapsed but there were no reports of injuries. Both Muncy and Montgomery fire companies activated their “emergency operations center” and all emergency calls were channeled to the fire stations from where crews were directed to go.
Fire fighters from Hughesville, Warrior Run and Muncy Township also responded to emergency calls that were weather-related.
Fire officials said there were several trees also down in Clinton Township and Fire Chief Todd Winder said they have been “actively working” to clear the roads.
Many residents were without power during the night. The storm only lasted a short while, no more than 30 minutes or so, but consisted of 60 mile an hour winds and some “dime-size” hail.
Montgomery Assistant Fire Chief Brad Feaster said there were a couple of incidents where trees fell on homes in Clinton Township but no one had to leave. “There was a lot of rain,” he added.